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Davis Does Have Multi-Year Offer From Celtics

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‘Gone Fishing’ will have to wait a day, I guess.

It looks like I was right about making Glen Davis a multi-year offer, but too generous in my ‘compromise’ amount.

Jeff Goodman in a WEEI article is now reporting that the Celtics have indeed made Glen a somewhat meager multi-year offer….

worth in the neighborhood of $2 million per year

and added this….

According to sources close to the situation, the Celtics brass believes that Davis will be back in Boston next season – either with a multi-year deal ……. or for a qualifying offer in which Davis would still remain a restricted free agent after next season.

And Marc Spears has tweeted this new information on what the Celtics would ‘probably’ consider the unmatchable threshold…

Cs still interested in RFA Davis, but report they’d match up 2 mid-level offer sheet untrue. $4 million-plus prob danger zone, source said. twitter.com

Until now, if true, that was not publicly known. Was it communicated to prospective suitors? Or was it kept intentionally vague? It would have been to the Cs benefit if it was vague, one would assume. I’m just trying to understand how this off season has progressed.

So the Celtics managed to keep suitors away for any offers under $4 million (according to Marc), and then played off that with a $2million (approx.) per year tender themselves. Interesting way to manage this negotiation. If true, the next question is…’How many years?’

As Jeff noted, Glen comes from a less-than-prosperous childhood with a mother with substance abuse issues, so it might be attractive to get a guaranteed minimum of, say, $4 million minimum over two (or more) years.

I’m just wondering about that last phrase in the quote about Davis remaining a restricted free agent next year if he takes the qualifying offer. My understanding of the CBA rules on RFA is that is not accurate. Davis would become an unrestricted free agent next summer if he takes the QO. My research hasn’t turned up anything contrary to that.

It is nice to know that Davis has a couple of options. He can take the one year qualifying offer and test the waters again next off season when more money may be available, or take a somewhat reduced multi-year offer now.

As Jeff Goodman noted, there does seem to be a fear on the part of some teams regarding Davis’ weight…

Many teams – according to multiple sources – are also fearful of his weight issues and inability to play above the rim.

It is still premature, and all it takes is one team to change things, but barring that game changing offer from some other team, Davis seems likely to remain a Celtic for this season.

Shelden Williams will sign with the Celtics

The other bit of news yesterday was the announcement The Celtics will sign former Duke star, 6′ 9″ Shelden Williams, to a one year veteran’s minimum contract. Goodman confirms that he is an ‘insurance’ acquisition, not to be confused with being a Glen Davis replacement option. But again, who knows what will happen.

In a scenario where Davis is moved, Williams is a now fall back option. After traversing three other NBA teams (Hawks, Kings, Wolves) in his short career and having fallen from top 5 lottery pick to vet minimum pick-up, Williams offers solid rebounding, a bit of interior defense and poor shooting ability.
Now maybe I can take a few days off!

Thomas Halzack